FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Sam Noble, longtime Tarboro town manager, was presented the Public Power Lifetime Achievement Award during the ElectriCities Annual Conference banquet in Raleigh on Aug. 11.
The award recognizes individual contributions throughout a lifetime to local systems, NC Public Power and public power nationwide. The award is given based on leadership, public power service, innovation, creativity and longevity of service to public power.
Noble has a long and distinguished history of service in public power communities. He was the manager of three communities throughout his 35-plus-year career: Granite Falls, Edenton and Tarboro. Sam also served in many leadership roles with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) board of commissioners and ElectriCities board of directors. He was
on the ElectriCities board of directors for 15 years, including twice
serving as chairman. Noble served as chairman of the NCEMPA board of commissioners and served on the NCEMPA rate committee. Throughout his career, he has been an avid and tireless voice for public power.
"I am honored and humbled to win this award," said Noble during his acceptance speech. "I am particularly honored to be included in the distinguished group of individuals who have previously won this award."
Noble went on to thank the members of the North Carolina Municipal Power.Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1) and NCEMPA boards of commissioners and the non-power agency members for their support of his efforts over the years.
"Our electric systems mean a lot to our communities," he continued. "They play a key role in obtaining economic development as well as providing a better quality of life for our citizens. We have every right to be proud of the jobs we do as public power communities. I am proud to have been a team member of municipal public power during my career."
Noble also praised utility directors and linemen for the jobs they do. He emphasized electric service reliability as public power's biggest asset. "You are the individuals who are responsible for that reliability," he said.